FIRST ON EWN: Van der Burgh 'super proud' of silver medal

Cameron van der Burgh delivered SA's first Olympic medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Olympic medalist Cameron van der Burgh. Picture: Jean Smyth /EWN

RIO - Olympic silver medalist Cameron van der Burgh has described his podium at the 2016 Olympic games as a 'worthwhile' experience.

Van der Burgh took silver in the 100m breaststroke.

This his second Olympic medal after he set a new world record at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he won the gold medal at the 100m breaststroke.

He says the last four years are finally paying off.

"I am super proud of myself, everything is coming together. I think it can be a tough and lonely sport at times, swimming, but when you get memories like this - you get to stand in front of the whole world, be proud and wear your flag and your heart, seeing the ceremony go on, it makes everything worthwhile."

Recounting moments into the race against Britain's gold medal winner Adam Peaty, the South African said: "I can't even remember half of the race already. Fantastic swim from the guy, I think he really went out quite fast ahead of me and I just really tried to latch on. I can definitely say he helped me to win the silver medal. I really just tried to pace with him."

The 28-year-old world champion is set to race again in the men's 4x100m medley relay on Friday.

LISTEN: Eyewitness News' Jean Smyth speaks to Cameron vd Burg